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from Intermezzo Secondo of the Italian opera La Serva Padrona by Giovanni Pergolesi
Libretto: G.A. Federico

Role: Serpina, one of Uberto's servants
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: soubrette
Setting: Uberto's house, mid 1700's
Synopsis: Serpina has come up with a trick to get Uberto to marry her. She tells him that she has found a handsome man to marry and then, in melodramatic sorrow, laments how Uberto will probably forget her after she is gone.
Range: Tessitura:
D4 - G5F4 - G5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Mario Giuseppe Genesi (added 2000-06-17)
A Serpina penserete, Serpina's aria from La Serva Padrona

A Serpina penserete			You'll remember Serpina very well,
qualche volta e qualche dì,		Sometimes, somedays
e direte : ah! poverina,		And you'll say : "Oh,poor little maid
cara un tempo ella mi fu.		How dear she once was to me."
(Ei mi par che già pian piano		It seems to me that gradually Uberto
s'incomincia a intenerir.)		is becoming tender-hearted.

S'io poi fui impertinente		If I was cheeky, please excuse me;
mi perdoni; malamente mi guidai,	I behaved badly and I admit it, yes.
	lo verdo sì.
(Ei mi stringe per la mano,		He finally  takes my hand:
meglio il fatto non può gir.)		He can't put things better than 
						how I have arranged them.

Translation by Mario Giuseppe Genesi (




Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
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